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266th and current pope

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Pope Francis: 266th and current pope
Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century.

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Pope Francis begins visit to Thailand as faithful jostle for selfies

Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on Wednesday to meet with its small but devoted Catholic minority on a seven-day Asian trip that will include a family reunion in Bangkok and take his anti-nuclear..
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Small in numbers, Thai Catholics preserve centuries-old traditions

The last time Vararunee Khonchanath was in the presence of a pope was before she was born just over 35 years ago, but when Pope Francis visits Bangkok later this week to bless Thailand's tiny Catholic..
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Pope Francis Denounces Homophobia [Video]Pope Francis Denounces Homophobia

Pope Francis supported the LGBTQ community in a speech denouncing homophobia. He compared anti-gay comments made by politicians to speeches made by Adolf Hitler. Francis said it was β€œan excellent..

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Pope compares politicians who rage against gays to Hitler [Video]Pope compares politicians who rage against gays to Hitler

Pope Francis said on Friday politicians who rage against homosexuals, gypsies and Jews remind him of Hitler. Emily Spychal reports.

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Meet the beetle named after Greta Thunberg [Video]Meet the beetle named after Greta Thunberg

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg may have been tipped for the Nobel Peace Prize, but she has now been afforded perhaps the ultimate honour: having a beetle named after her. Francesca Lynagh..

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Britain gives Argentina back Madonna statue taken from Falklands [Video]Britain gives Argentina back Madonna statue taken from Falklands

Thirty-seven years after the Falklands war, a tiny statue of the Madonna taken at the end of the conflict and held in Britain is going home to Argentina in a gesture of reconciliation blessed by Pope..

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Pope Francis to consider allowing married priests in Amazon [Video]Pope Francis to consider allowing married priests in Amazon

Pope Francis is to consider allowing married men in the remote Amazon region to be ordained as priests in order to solve problems over access to Mass

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Amazon Catholic bishops propose allowing married priests [Video]Amazon Catholic bishops propose allowing married priests

Pope Francis will consider the reccommendations and report back by the end of the year.

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The Vatican Launched A $110 Wearable 'eRosary' [Video]The Vatican Launched A $110 Wearable 'eRosary'

The Vatican launched a smart eRosary this week. The rosary connects to an app on iPhone or Android devices via Bluetooth. The wearable rosary and accompanying app take you through the steps to pray the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Cardinal Newman declared a saint by Pope Francis along with four other religious figures [Video]Cardinal Newman declared a saint by Pope Francis along with four other religious figures

Pope Francis on Sunday declared five people saints, including Cardinal John Henry Newman, a leading 19th century Anglican who converted to Catholicism and became one of the most influential Christian..

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Pope urges conservatives to be open to changes in Church [Video]Pope urges conservatives to be open to changes in Church

Pope Francis appealed to conservatives on Sunday not to be bound by the status quo as he opened an assembly of bishops to discuss the future of the Roman Catholic Church in the Amazon, including the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:57Published

Pope Francis set for synod on challenges facing the Amazon [Video]Pope Francis set for synod on challenges facing the Amazon

He has summoned bishops, laypeople and indigenous groups to join him in discussing the environmental and sacramental challenges facing the region.

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Pope Francis: Don't sell weapons and turn away refugees fleeing wars [Video]Pope Francis: Don't sell weapons and turn away refugees fleeing wars

The pope criticised countries that sell weapons but do not accept refugees from conflicts where arms are used.

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Guess who's coming to lunch? Pope hosts meal for 1,500 needy people

Pope Francis hosted 1,500 homeless and needy people for lunch on Sunday as the Roman Catholic Church marked its World Day of the Poor.
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Pope Francis to take anti-nuclear mission to Japan's ground zeros

Pope Francis takes his mission to ban nuclear weapons this week to the only places where they were used in war, visiting the World War Two ground zeros of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as part of a tour of..
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Catholic devotees in Thailand join choir for visit of Pope Francis

A choir formed of Catholic devotees training to join the church in Thailand were rehearsing on Saturday ahead of the visit of Pope Francis next week.
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Pope compares politicians who rage against gays to Hitler

Pope Francis said on Friday politicians who rage against homosexuals, gypsies and Jews remind him of Hitler.
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Pope tells tech companies they are responsible for child safety

Pope Francis said on Thursday that technology company executives and investors must be held accountable if they put profit before the protection of children, including from easy access to pornography..
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Pope names new economic chief to succeed disgraced cardinal

Pope Francis on Thursday named the Vatican's new economy minister to succeed Cardinal George Pell, who is appealing a conviction in his native Australia for sexually assaulting two teenaged choir boys.
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Vatican conference urges governments to tackle food loss and waste

An international panel of experts backed by Pope Francis appealed to governments on Tuesday to commit to halving food waste and loss by 2030, saying it was morally, economically and environmentally..
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Pope Francis to reunite with cousin on visit to Thailand

In a remote Catholic school in Thailand, Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, 77, kneels in a chapel to pray at the beginning of the school day.
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Pope wants to visit South Sudan next year, urges unity government

Pope Francis said on Sunday he wanted to make his postponed visit to South Sudan next year, and he urged the country's leaders to overcome their divisions and bring an end to the suffering of its..
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Britain gives Argentina back Madonna statue taken from Falklands

Thirty-seven years after the Falklands war, a tiny statue of the Madonna taken at the end of the conflict and held in Britain ever since is going home to Argentina in a gesture of reconciliation..
Reuters - Published

Pope, closing synod, decries plundering of the Amazon

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the plundering of the Amazon basin, as he closed an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops who discussed the challenges the Church faces in the region.
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Pope, ending synod, says will re-launch study of women deacons

Pope Francis said on Saturday he would reconvene a commission to study the history of women deacons in the early centuries of the Catholic Church, responding to calls by women that they be allowed to..
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Pope asks forgiveness for theft of controversial Amazon statues

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness from Amazon bishops and others at a Church assembly on Friday after conservative Catholic militants stole statues they considered pagan idols from a church and dumped..
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Vatican security chief, papal bodyguard, steps down over leak

Domenico Giani, the Vatican's longtime security chief and Pope Francis' main bodyguard, resigned on Monday over leaks related to an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing in the Vatican.
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Vatican security chief resigns after uproar over leak

Domenico Giani, the Vatican's longtime security chief and Pope Francis' main bodyguard, resigned on Monday over the leak of information from an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing in the..
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Pope canonizes British Catholic luminary John Henry Newman, four others

Pope Francis on Sunday declared five people saints, including Cardinal John Henry Newman, a leading 19th century Anglican who converted to Catholicism and became one of the most influential Christian..
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Pope Francis elevates Indian nun Mariam Thresia to sainthood

Indian nun Mariam Thresia was declared saint by Pope Francis. She founded the congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Thrissur. The ceremony included a Latin hymn and a recommendation by a..
IndiaTimes - Published

Vatican City recognises an Indian as 'saint'

Sister Mariam will be canonized by Pope Francis, the supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
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'Two Popes' filmmakers hope Pope Francis is amused

Director Fernando Meirelles is a fan of Pope Francis but says his new film, which tries to get into the head of the Argentine pontiff, also shows some of his weaknesses.
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Pope urges respect for indigenous Amazon peoples at start of three-week gathering

Pope Francis on Monday told an assembly of bishops discussing the Amazon region of South America that modern society should not try to impose its rules on indigenous people but respect their culture..
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Pope urges conservatives to be open to changes in Church

Pope Francis appealed to conservatives on Sunday not to be bound by the status quo as he opened an assembly of bishops to discuss the future of the Roman Catholic Church in the Amazon, including the..
Reuters - Published

Pope installs new cardinals to set future direction of church

Pope Francis installed new cardinals on Saturday, putting his stamp on the future of the Roman Catholic Church with men who share his vision for social justice, the rights of immigrants and dialogue..
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Pompeo, Pope Francis urge religious freedom in Mideast, elsewhere

Pope Francis and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed on Thursday on the need to protect the rights of Christian minorities in the Middle East during a meeting at the Vatican, the U.S. State..
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Pope moves Polish anti-communist cardinal closer to sainthood

Pope Francis has recognized a miracle attributed to the late Polish Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, a revered icon of his country's resistance to communism in the post-war period, a step that moves him..
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Amazon synod deepens faultlines between pope and conservatives

An assembly of bishops to discuss the future of the Roman Catholic Church in the Amazon, including the possibility of introducing married priests, has deepened faultlines between Pope Francis and..
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Factbox: The Vatican's contentious Amazon synod

Pope Francis on Sunday opens a three-week synod, or assembly of Roman Catholic bishops, to discuss the future of the Church in the Amazon.
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Pope meets U.S. priest attacked by conservatives for ministering to gays

Pope Francis on Monday gave a high-profile private audience to a prominent American Jesuit priest who has been attacked repeatedly by conservative Catholics and media outlets for ministering to..
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Countries that make weapons of war foment migration but refuse refugees, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis on Sunday scolded countries that produce weapons for wars fought elsewhere and then refuse to take in refugees fleeing the very same conflicts.
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PM Modi hails plogging campaign

In his 'Mann ki Baat' radio programme, the prime minister also referred to Sister Mariam Thresia who will be declared a saint by Pope Francis on October 13 at the Vatican City. Modi further said the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Canonisation of Mariam Thresia is matter of pride for every Indian: PM Modi

Mariam Thresia will be canonised in the Vatican City by Pope Francis on October 13. Canonisation in the Roman Catholic Church is the official admission of a dead person into sainthood.
IndiaTimes - Published

Pope urges Silicon Valley to avoid slide toward new "barbarism"

Pope Francis urged Silicon Valley giants on Friday to make sure technological advances such as artificial intelligence do not lead to a new "form of barbarism" where the law of the strongest prevails..
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Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Pope Francis will visit Asia in November and will be the first pope in nearly four decades to make a trip to Thailand and Japan, Vatican sources said.
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Pope to visit Japan November 23-26

Pope Francis will visit Japan from Nov. 23 to 26, during which time he will go to Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as Tokyo, chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Friday.
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Pope invites leaders to Vatican for global compact on education

Pope Francis on Thursday invited world political, cultural, and religious leaders to a meeting at the Vatican next year to agree on "A Global Compact on Education" to better prepare the young for..
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Pope says Britain should obey U.N., return islands, including U.S. base

Pope Francis said on Tuesday Britain should comply with a U.N. resolution and return a chain of islands it holds in the Indian Ocean to Mauritius, including one rented to the United States for the..
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Pope says he prays U.S.-led schism can be thwarted

Pope Francis said on Tuesday he prayed that dissent from American Catholic conservatives would not lead to a schism in the Church and that he was willing to listen to critics and make corrections if..
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Mauritius says Pope visit supports claim to Chagos Islands

Authorities in Mauritius cast remarks from Pope Francis during a visit on Monday as a boost for their claim to a chain of islands held by Britain, including one rented to the United States for the..
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Pope gives hope to Mauritians who want UK to return islands

Pope Francis wrapped up his trip to Africa on Monday with a lightning visit to Mauritius, saying Mass for 100,000 people and giving hope to a movement that wants Britain to return a group of islands.
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Pope greets palm frond-waving crowds in Mauritius

Pope Francis was welcomed by palm frond-waving crowds in Mauritius on Monday as he drove past sugarcane fields on his way to the capital, where he said a Mass on a terraced mountainside overlooking the..
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Pope celebrates Madagascar's 'living saint', champion of the poor

Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated a former student of his who is now sometimes called Madagascar's "living saint" for having changed the lives of thousands of poor people who once lived in garbage..
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Pope, on Madagascar visit, condemns clan culture of privilege, graft

Pope Francis, on a visit to Madasgascar, on Sunday condemned what he said was its clan culture of privilege and corruption that allows a very few to live in wealth while the vast majority languish in..
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Pope says deforestation must be treated as a global threat

Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and the loss of biodiversity in individual countries should not be treated as local issues since they threaten the future of the planet.
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Deforestation must be seen as global threat: pope in Madagascar

Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and reduction in biodiversity in individual countries should not be treated as local issues since they threaten the future of the whole planet.
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Pope, ending Mozambique visit, slams corrupt leaders

Pope Francis, ending his visit to Mozambique, on Friday scolded political and business leaders in the resource-rich but poor East African country who allow themselves to be corrupted by outsiders.
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Nurture peace and make it last, Pope tells post-war Mozambique

Pope Francis urged the people of Mozambique on Thursday to nurture their hard-earned peace and strive to provide equal opportunities for all so as not to slip back into civil war.
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Pope arrives in Mozambique hoping to consolidate peace

Pope Francis arrived to a vibrant welcome in to Mozambique on Wednesday to encourage the country's fragile peace, starting a three-nation African tour where climate change, poverty and corruption will..
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Pope calls U.S. conservative attacks an 'honor'

Pope Francis said on Wednesday it was an "honor" to be attacked by U.S. Church conservatives and their Catholic media allies, who have criticized him on issues from theology to climate change and even..
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Pope's ex-student to welcome his mentor to Madagascar quarry 'cathedral'

Three times a year, Father Pedro Opeka celebrates Mass in a vast grey quarry in the hills above Madagascar's capital. This week, he will welcome his old teacher, Pope Francis, to see the chiseled..
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